How To Turn Off Background Data In Windows 10

How To Restrict Background Data In Windows 10: Windows 10 consumes a lot of data in the background because of windows updates, live tiles, apps update etc. Also, Windows 10 designed for unlimited internet data and Windows 10 has a lot of Hidden features. If you have an internet connection with limited data, don’t worry, Microsoft provides an option to restrict background data. You can turn off background data of WiFi Connection and Ethernet connection in Windows 10.

If you want to save your data, then you need to Set your WiFi or Ethernet connection as Metered Connection. When Microsoft launches the Windows 10, there was no such option available to limit Ethernet data usage. Because Windows 10 only allows WiFi connection to set as a metered connection at that time. Now in Windows 10 Creators Update, You can Set Ethernet connection as metered connection. If you have a previous version of the Windows 10, then you can set ethernet connection as metered with Registry editor. This also helps to disable Windows 10 updates.

Why do you need to turn off background data in windows 10?

If your Internet service provider limits the data, you should set the connection as metered. Also if your connection is slow to use this to turn off background data.

  • If  your internet connection is slow: If your internet speed is slow, and this option prevents the background data consumption.
  • To disable Windows updates: If you want to turn off windows updates, then, set the connection as metered.
  • If you use mobile data: If you are using a mobile data on your PC laptop with WiFi hotspot, and your data is limited, then you need to use this option.
  • To disable Windows Store apps updates: If you set the connection as metered then windows store apps are not updated automatically.
  • Live Tiles: Live Tiles also consumes data. Live tiles won’t update if the connection is metered.

How To Turn Off or Restrict Background Data In Windows 10

  • Turn Off Background data Of WiFi connection (If you are using WiFi on your PC/Laptop).
  • Turn Off Background Data Of Ethernet Connection (If you are Ethernet/Wired connection on your PC/Laptop).

1. How To Set WiFi Connection As Metered Connection In Windows 10

So, below are the steps to set WiFi connection as metered connection. These steps are in Windows 10 Anniversary update and later. In the previous version, These steps are some different. You can read those steps in F.A.Q.

  1. Go to Settings by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. Go to Network and Internet.Network and Internet Turn Off Background Data In Windows 10
  3. Click on WiFi and Click on Manage known networks. (You can Click directly on the connected connection to set the connection as metered).
  4. Click on your network and Select Properties.
  5. Turn On Set as metered connection.Set as metered connection to turn off background data in windows 10


Question: Options are different on My PC.

Answer: These options are from Windows 10 Anniversary update and Creator Update. If you have the previous version of Windows 10, then Go to Start > Settings > Network & Internet > WiFi > Advanced Options.

Read Also: How To Save Data On Android Phone

2. How To Set Ethernet Connection As Metered Connection In Windows 10

So, In Windows 10 Creator Update, you can also set an Ethernet connection as a metered connection to turn off background data. In the previous versions of the Windows 10, you need to set Ethernet connection as metered with the registry editor. But now it is easy to do this.

  1. Open Settings from start menu or by pressing Windows Key + I.
  2. After that, Open Network & Internet.
  3. Click on Ethernet from the left side of the screen. After that, Click on the Ethernet connectionClick on the Ethernet connection
  4. Turn on the option Set as metered connectionSet as metered connection to restrict background data in windows 10

Set Wired or Ethernet Metered Connection in the Previous Version of Windows 10:

  1. First of all open Regedit. To open Regedit, Open Run command by pressing Windows key + R and type Regedit.exe in Run command.Remove Shortcut Arrow windows run
  2. Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > SOFTWARE > Microsoft > Windows NT > CurrentVersion > NetworkList > defaultmediacost
  3. Double Click on Ethernet and write 2 in Value Data and click on OK.write 2 in value data of ethernet

Now your background data is disabled on Ethernet connection.

Note: In Value data, write 1 for unmetered connection and write 2 for metered connection. You can change these values anytime.

Problem while changing the value?

If you can not change the value of registry key, then here’s HOW TO CHANGE REGISTRY KEYS IN WINDOWS 10.

Final Words

So, Guys, this How to turn off background data in Windows 10. Now you can set Ethernet metered connection in the new version of Windows 10. These options also prevent the Automatic updates of Windows 10. If you have limited data connection, then you can use these options to save your data.


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